Amolops torrentis (Smith, 1923)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops torrentis

Micrixalus torrentis Smith, 1923, J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam, 6: 209. Holotype: BMNH (formerly M. Smith 6941), by original designation; BMNH 1924.5.22.5 (reregistered as 1947.2.6.99) is the holotype according to museum records. Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 305, record MCZ 9439-40 as syntypes (exchanged from BMNH), but these specimens are likely paratypes given that a holotype was originally designated. Type locality: "Five Finger mountain at 1000 metres altitude", Hainan I., China.

Rana torrentisBarbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 305.

Staurois torrentisGee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 35, 41; Liu, Hu, Fei, and Huang, 1973, Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 398.

Amolops torrentisInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Zhao in Hu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 456; Tian, Jiang, Wu, Hu, Zhao, and Huang, 1986, Handb. Chinese Amph. Rept.: 62; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 167.

Amolops (Amolops) torrentisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Torrent Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).

Little Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 246).


Southwestern and central Hainan Island, China, 80-780 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Discussed by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 396-397, as Micrixalus torrentis. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 246-247, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Yang and Zhao, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 309-311, provided a specific location and habitat. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 477. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1579-1583, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops hainanensis group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 413, provided a brief account including photographs. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 81-85, provided an account. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 420-431, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China that included a Guangdong record (now Amolops yunkaiensis; see that record). In the Amolops hainanensis group of Zeng, Liang, Li, Lyu, Wang, and Zhang, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 146 (106753): 1–9, and Wu, Yan, Stuart, Prendini, Suwannapoom, Dahn, Zhang, Cai, Xu, Jiang, Chen, Lemmon, Lemmon, Raxworthy, Orlov, Murphy, and Che, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 144 (106701): 1–13, who discussed molecular phylogenetics. In the Amolops hainanensis group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591.

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